Johannes Rigal


Moving places, travelling to a city always includes a feeling of disorientation, of not-belonging and even loneliness at its beginning. Fortunate are those who can move past this initial state and will eventually find their place in the new environment. Maybe even themselves.

But sometimes we cannot move past this. We can maybe see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. But we cannot reach it. We can have a peek ...

My project is concerned with this state. It works – as photography does – through different layers of light and colour. Unknown signs, fragments, artificiality, nature, the urban environment shining through – all aspects of the urban jungle we sometimes have to fight with and fight through.


Johannes Rigal is a photographer and urban sociologist. He has a background in Development Studies and has completed the MA in Photography & Urban Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Born in Vienna, he is now based in Berlin working as a photographer and tutor. He is a PhD Candidate at the Technical University (TU) Berlin, member of UPA, founding member of Gasket Gallery and coordinator for Urban Photo Fest.

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